SLICE OF HIS­TORY

Manville Palace Pizza marks their 50th year in busi­ness

Pawtucket Times - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSEPH B. NADEAU [email protected]­et­call.com Pho­tos by JOSEPH B. NADEAU

LIN­COLN – When your neigh­bor­hood busi­ness has been around for 50 years like Manville Palace Pizza, it is safe to say you have to re­main fo­cused on serv­ing your cus­tomer base.

And that is what is what Tarkan Akin and Ozan Son­mez have been do­ing while run­ning Manville Palace Pizza for the past 12 years.

Tak­ing a page from how the busi­ness was founded by the late Se­vim Urul, orig­i­nally from Tur­key, and run by her fam­ily for many years, Akin and his busi­ness part­ner, also na­tives of Tur­key, have stuck to the restau­rant’s long­stand­ing tra­di­tions of al­most al­ways be­ing avail­able to pro­vide pizza and sand­wiches to the sur­round­ing work­ing class neigh­bor­hood.

Manville Palace Pizza opens at 11 a.m. each day and doesn’t shut down un­til 4 a.m.

It of­fers de­liv­ery ser­vice up to 15 miles away and can reach all of the Black­stone Val­ley in­clud­ing Cum­ber­land and Lin­coln, Woonsocket, North Smith­field, Smith­field, Belling­ham and Black­stone.

“It’s a good lo­ca­tion, we are right on the main road on Rail­road

Street, and Manville is just a small vil­lage in Lin­coln,” Akin said. “We are the only pizza restau­rant in Manville and we know many of our cus­tomers,” he added. “It’s like a tra­di­tion for them to come here,” he said while ex­plain­ing how the par­ents in lo­cal fam­i­lies came to the busi­ness when they were younger and now their grown chil­dren and even grand­chil­dren may be cus­tomers.

Fri­days and Satur­day nights are still the most pop­u­lar nights for pizza, spe­cialty subs or din­ners, and its Si­cil­ian-style 12x18-inch piz­zas are still tops in the pizza de­part­ment.

The pizza dough is made fresh ev­ery day and there are also Mediter­ranean-style and spe­cialty piz­zas of all sorts on the menu, in­clud­ing the new Fen­way with sausage, pep­pers, onions and mush- rooms.

Other din­ner op­tions are the spaghetti or ziti pasta meals, cal­zone wraps, sand­wiches and wings, and even fish and chips, or desserts.

The restau­rant stays open un­til 4 a.m. – also a Manville Palace Pizza tra­di­tion – and op­er­ates its de­liv­ery ser­vice right through clos­ing.

Akin said the busi­ness is also stay­ing up with cur­rent mar­ket trends and will be kick­ing off its new mo­bile phone app for An­droid or Ap­ple on Dec. 1. Cus­tomers will be able to use the mo­bile Manville Palace Pizza App to place an or­der while sav­ing 10 per­cent on the over­all charge, or visit the restau­rant’s web­site, www.manvillepalace.com, to place an or­der.

After op­er­at­ing in the same lo­ca­tion for 50 years, Akin said the restau­rant has a lot of his­tory – like the fact site was once even a car deal­er­ship in down­town Manville with a car lot across the street that is used for ex­tra park­ing to­day.

The restau­rant can seat 28 in its booths and there is a big screen tele­vi­sion on which cus­tomers can watch games and other events while they eat.

With a tried and true busi­ness for­mat, Akin said he and Son­mez would like to ex­pand Manville Palace Pizza to a sec­ond lo­ca­tion nearby in Prov­i­dence. “We want to keep the same recipes and the same name but ex­pand to an­other lo­ca­tion,” he said.

As for Manville, Akin said the Town of Lin­coln has been con­duct­ing a lot of road and side­walk im­prove­ment work in the area and the vil­lage is be­com­ing a bet­ter place to live as the work wraps up.

“I think Manville is be­com­ing more of a fam­ily place and it is very good to be here. I like it, yes I do,” Akin said.

Fol­low Joseph B. Nadeau on Twit­ter @JNad75.

LEFT: Aaron Wil­cox of Cum­ber­land, left, an em­ployee, works with Tarkan Akin, an owner, at Manville Palace Pizza, 141 Rail­road St., in Lin­coln, a busi­ness now in its 50th year.CEN­TER: Tarkan Akin makes a Si­cil­ian-style large pizza in the kitchen at Manville Palace Pizza.RIGHT: Manville Palace is open ev­ery day at 11 a.m. and doesn’t close un­til 4 a.m., and it de­liv­ers to most of the Black­stone Val­ley.

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